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Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle (Photo: Raymond Sebastian)

MANILA, Aug. 19, 2015—Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle is one of at least 130 individuals slated to speak at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia on Sept. 22 to 25, coinciding with the visit of Pope Francis to the United States.

The head of the country’s premiere archdiocese is set to deliver his keynote topic, “The Family: A Home for the Wounded Heart,” on Sept. 24 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

A member of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Tagle is expected to discuss the struggles members of the household cope with like loneliness, poverty, illness, disability and unemployment, and how they must help each other with love and support.

Prominent speakers

According to a press release, the Filipino prelate will be joining some of the most respected names in theology, the academe, and evangelization; as well as cardinals, priests, religious, and deacons; and lay men and women, both single and married, from various countries.

Among the more prominent ones are Bishop-elect Fr. Robert Barron, theologian and founder of Word on Fire Ministry; Dr. Scott Hahn, apologist and convert from Protestantism; Boston Archbishop Sean O’Malley, and Rick Warren, writer and pastor of Evangelical Saddleback Church in California.

Besides Canada, France, the Netherlands, Italy, China, and Israel, the international gathering will also feature speakers from such Third World countries as Guinea, Colombia, Ghana, Argentina, Panama, Mexico, and Ecuador.

While an overwhelmingly Catholic event, representatives from the Baptist, Anglican, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Mormon, Evangelical, Jewish, and Muslim faith traditions are also set to attend.

‘The Family Fully Alive”

Organizers shared finding experts willing to talk at the World Meeting of Families was not the real challenge, but accommodating people willing to speak according to the program’s format.

Dr. Mary Beth Yount, the director of content and programming for the event, shared the program is based on “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” the official catechesis and the theme for the World Meeting of Families 2015.

A sought-after speaker, Tagle has a popular weekly television show and over half a million followers on social media.

He was recently elected president of Caritas Internationalis, and is also a member of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant People, the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, the Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education, the Pontifical Council for the Laity, and the Permanent Council of the Synod of Bishops. (Raymond A. Sebastián/ CBCP News)


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